The boundary for a new elementary school serving the Tanglewood area became official Tuesday with a unanimous vote from the Fort Worth school board.
In February, the Fort Worth school district agreed to pay $6.8 million for about 6 acres from Congregation Ahavath Sholom for the construction of a new school in the Tanglewood Elementary attendance zone in southwest Fort Worth.
The new school was the district’s answer to overcrowding issues at Tanglewood Elementary. It will be next to Ahavath Sholom, which is located at 4050 S. Hulen St.
On Tuesday evening, the school board voted 7-0 in favor of the boundaries presented Tuesday. Trustees Christene Moss and Jacinto “Cinto” Ramos Jr. were not present for the vote.
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Under the approved boundaries, students living south of Bellaire Drive South and/or west of Hulen Street will attend the new campus. The area north of Bellaire Drive South/Benbrook Boulevard and east of Hulen will remain zoned to Tanglewood Elementary.
Construction of the new school is expected to start early next summer. It is expected to open in August 2020.
Several people representing families that live within walking distance of the current school asked the board to reconsider the boundaries.
Rob Franklin, the father of 7-year-old twins, said he lives close enough to Tanglewood Elementary to see children being dropped off at school. Yet, under the new boundaries, he will have to drive his children to a new campus farther away.
“I want to make them aware that the boundary at Bellaire will remove the ability for kids who are a five-minute bike ride from school to ride and will put them in cars instead.”
Franklin said his children enjoyed riding through Overton Park on their way to school — a short trip that included seeing ducks.
“For my kids, that’s sometimes the best part of the day,” Franklin said.
The estimated $28 million Tanglewood project was part of a record $750 million bond program approved by voters in November 2017. With its passage, Superintendent Kent Scribner promised a “jackrabbit start” to projects detailed in the package, including $581 million in upgrades for 14 neighborhood high schools and about $40 million to relocate three specialized schools.
This report contains material from the Star-Telegram archives.